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Best money making websites

Best money making websites
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Want to know the quickest, easiest and most lucrative ways to earn some money with money making websites?  You’re not alone.  Our readers often ask us “How do I make money online?”   Well, here’s our lowdown on how to make money online and the best websites for doing just that – plus tips to help you get the most out of them.

Sell your stuff


Make money by recycling your CDs, DVDs, books and games through It’s a lovely, easy site to use. All you do is enter the barcodes of your items and you will see the money your items are worth pop up on the screen. Zapper accepts most CDs, DVDs and games and accepts about 20% of all books offered. You print out a free mailing sheet to put on your parcel and then you send them off and wait for your money. Easy as! Try Zapper here.


Get free stuff

You can get free goodies to test out for Toluna. They have loads of products they need to have tested so if you sign up for the testing side can get new things every month. Right now, for example, they’re getting people to test out Nivea lip gloss and pots of caviar…yes seriously! So you can see the kind of things you could get to try for nothing.  Click here to join up now and get all these great freebies.


Do Competitions

Most of us never bother with competitions because we think our chances of winning are so slim. Wrong! Your chances are often a lot better than you’d think, but as the saying goes, ‘You gotta be in it to win it!’.

We’ve found loads of competitions for you to enter in our Online Competitions article, but competition site Prime Prizes is a great place to get started. The site is free to join and has plenty of fantastic goodies up for grabs, including luxury holidays abroad, hampers, shopping sprees and more.


Online networking and socialising

 – Make money from your mates

Get £6 every time you refer a friend to Groupon.

The site groups consumers together so they can take advantage of huge discounts for all kinds of things – from restaurants to football match tickets. Previous deals in London have included £25 for top price tickets worth £55 to see Blood Brothers, and £1 to watch films (including those in 3D) at any Cineworld. Once you’ve signed up – for free – you can recommend as many friends as you like, and if any of them go on to sign up, you’ll get £6 for each one who does. The money will be credited to your account so you can use it towards your next purchase on the site. To check out the site and sign up, visit Groupon here.

Plusnet – Earn by referring

Plusnet has consistently low prices for its broadband and they even cut your bills further if you refer your friends. You’ll get a discount off your monthly bill for every person that joins them on your recommendation, for as long as they are a customer. There’s no limit to the number of people that you can recommend – so you could get your broadband for free.

Make Money on Money Making Websites

This is a sporadic and relatively small income but it’s low effort and you’ve nothing to lose. It’s a great way to make quick cash from the comfort of your computer but make sure you NEVER pay to join a site or reveal your credit card details.

Complete online surveys for money

moneymagpie_best-money-making-websites_surveyHere are our favourite paid survey sites. They’re completely free and have received a big thumbs-up from many of you. For maximum earnings why not set up a separate email account (so your personal one doesn’t get flooded with survey-related emails) and then register for free to all of them?

  • Toluna – convert points you earn into Amazon vouchers
  • GFK MediaView – get paid for completing surveys and earn up to £100 a time from mystery shopping!
  • SurveySavers – get a reward worth £5 PLUS entry into a draw to win a year’s FREE Starbucks coffee!
  • DiOpion People – get paid at least £15 for the first month
  • Inbox Pounds get paid £1 just for signing up
  • Opinion Outpost – be entered into a £20,000 prize draw just for registering
  • Valued Opinions – offers a big prize simply for registering
  • GlobalTestMarket – pays $50 for every 1,000 points earned
  • Panelbase – earn between 25p and £10 per survey

If you like the sound of online paid surveys, make sure you check out our full article on how to make money from online surveys.

How to make money from domain names

moneymagpie_best-money-making-websites_domain-nameBe an internet entrepreneur and buy domain names to sell on for profit. It’s a great way to make money as the perfect URLs become harder to come by, and people and businesses will pay over the odds to get the one they want. This really is easier than it sounds and to get you started we’ve got three top tips from Sedo‘s Chief Sales Officer, Liesbeth Mack-de Boer.

1. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears close to the ground for the next big thing. If you can get a domain name that corresponds to a new trend, you can make big money out of it further down the road.

2. Pick a quirky domain name, or a selection of URLs with the same theme – that way you’ll have built up a good portfolio.  It won’t cost you much, but a company in that area would pay decent money for the domains.

3. See what’s popular. Use Google to find out what people are looking for and which search terms are popular, that’ll inform your decision on which URLs to buy.

Get started here. – Get paid to listen to music

If you love your music, sign up to Slicethepie for free and get paid to listen and review music by unsigned bands.

This isn’t necessarily a big money earner as you’ll only get a few pence per review at the beginning, but as you get a better ‘scout rating’ there is potential to make more and more money.

Not only is it a good way to make a few extra quid but you could get to hear the next big thing before anyone else. Read all about it in our article here.

Check out our moneymaking tool…

Whatever your age or situation, there are always ways that you can make money right now. With our free and easy-to-use online money-making tool you just have to put in a few details about yourself and immediately you’ll have a list of great ways that YOU can make money.

You might think that there’s no way you can make cash but it’s not true. There are HUNDREDS of ways! We’re constantly researching great new ways to make money and it’s amazing how easy some of them are. The tool takes seconds to fill in so click here now and start making money!

Rent or sell

eBid  Sell items for quick cash and no listings fee

You’ll all be aware that you can buy and sell items on auction site eBay, but another site that works in pretty much the same way is eBid. What’s different about eBid however, is that you don’t have to pay to list your items (called an insertion fee and ranging from 10p to £1.90 for most items). Although, as with eBay, they do take a Final Value Fee, which is 3%.

All you need to do to get selling is sign up to a buyer’s account – then upgrade your account from buyer to seller. This gives you access to a standard auction format.

Moneymagpie mobile recycling comparison  Cash for trash

Never throw away old mobile phones. Recycle them instead for easy money. Go to our nifty Moneymagpie mobile recycling service and simply enter the make and model of your phone and see which recycling company will give you the most for it.

You could make hundreds (for newer, well-kept phones), so go and raid your drawers and check at the back of the cupboard to see if you can make cash with your trash.

the moneymagpie mobile recycling comparison tool – Rent out your space for cash

Got a spare room you don’t use? Or, if you really need the cash, could you move out of your bedroom and sleep in the sitting room to free it up to rent out?

You can make up to £4,250 tax free from renting a room each year so this is one of the best ways of making money almost from nothing! Go here to register.  Rent your drive for cash

Use your drive or your garage to make money for you. ParkatmyHouse covers the whole UK and you can put your space on the site for anyone coming to your area to park in…for cash!  Earn cash designing T-shirts

Fancy yourself as a fashion guru? Then why not try your hand at designing your own T-shirt? It’s creative and fun – plus, if your creation proves popular with others, you can make money from your hobby.

The Threadless website lets you submit your own designs (or slogans), and last year the company awarded over half a million pounds to artists all over the world who submitted their designs. Check it out here.  Get creative and sell your wares online

moneymagpie_etsy-logoIf you love to get creative and make jewellery or arts and crafts, Etsy is the place to go.

This US website is designed exclusively for buying and selling handmade goods so you’re more likely to have success here than somewhere like eBay.

Register your username (which is also your shop name so choose carefully!) for a basic buyer’s account – then upgrade to a seller’s account. There is a fee of $0.20 per item listed but this covers the item for four months and includes the option of five photos to show off your wares. When you sell an item there’s a 3.5% final value charge.

Sell your photos

If you’re handy with a camera, can design a nice logo or fancy yourself as a writer, then you may be able to make some cash selling your stuff online. There are plenty of sites selling content to websites and they’re always in need of contributors.

moneymagpie_photographerCompanies such as BigStockPhotoFotolia, Dreamstime and Shutterstock concentrate on photography. Upload your images and get paid every time they are used. Others, such as Tycoon Talk and Digital Point offer content writing jobs. For a wider range of freelance oppurtunites you can look at Elance or oDesk.

If you like the online money makers we’ve featured here, you’ll love our fab article 10 easy ways to make quick cash.  It’s got speedy, simple and effective ways to make money – take a look yourself to see why it’s our most popular article!

Get your driving and shopping paid for

Stuff2Send Great for motorists who are always on the move

Are you always driving from one place to another? Well, why not get your fuel paid for, and maybe even earn some extra cash on top? Stuff2Send matches your journey with people or companies that need packages delivered. It makes sense, helps save the environment and earns you some easy money.

Cashback Shopper  Money for shopping (and get £5 for just signing up!)

Some cashback sites list retailers they have deals with – when you click through the retailer gives money to the cashback site, which then gives you money. Some sites like Cashback Shopper will even give you a little money – usually £5 – just for signing up.

Get extra cash – See if you’re entitled to free money!

Use the Turn2Us benefits checker which works out whether you’re eligible for any benefits. All you have to do is enter some details such as how much you earn, your council tax rate and any savings you have.

The calculator covers all of the major benefits including Working Tax Credit, Council Tax, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit and Child Tax Credit. Benefits rules change all the time so there’s a good chance that even if you weren’t eligible a few years ago, you could be now.

According to Turn2Us there’s more than £8 billion worth of tax credits and benefits in the UK going unclaimed. So check out our article on claiming what’s rightfully yours.  find money in dormant bank accounts

This is a free online service that will search through bank and building society records for you to see if you have any money lying around in a forgotten account.

Official figures state that up to £850 million of our own money is lying in inactive current, savings and building society accounts, so it’s definitely worth checking.

Always give as many details as possible, including maiden names and previous addresses in order to increase your chances of finding a lost account. Find out more ways to find money you don’t know about here.


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    Is cloudiply still alive? Their website doesn’t seem to work, and their FB page’s last post was in 2011.
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    Best of luck guys!

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  22. Buddyinlondon says:

    Hi, this is my first post but just wanted to pass on some observations of mine. I have been looking at various online ideas for 18 months due to my being at home and I have researched probably 100+ sites.
    Not one of them was remotely genuine where they were asking for an upfront fee. Anything from $9.99 up $99.99 and all to take your money.
    Doesn’t it seem strange that none of them are offering a free 30 day trial and then charging a larger fee for those who have found it workable and good for them. So, you would sign up and they would provide you their materials, and you try it for 30 days. If you aren’t going to continue, then the CD’s or downloads they have given you become non-operable.
    If I found one of these sites that was as good as they say, I would pay $199.99 or more, but only if it works.
    So people please save your money and don’t take financial chances with what you have. Anyone interested in discussing this further, use my name and add and here’s to financial success for all of us.

  23. lara says:

    I have joined Cloudiply, it was really easy. I don’t think it’s live yet, but am already telling my friends to join it too via my URL (which was sent to my email when I registered). I have done my research on it online and on facebook, looks good to me. Can’t wait for the offers to roll in!!

  24. Joe says:

    thank you money magpie!

    This list is very much appreciated…am looking through some of the listed websites. I’m disappointed to see that Cloudiply is only taking interest registration at the moment. looks like a better deal than groupon…90% off AND you can earn money. all signs point to goood.


  25. A says:

    ………For the above site I got a free website, free domaain name of my choice and paid for hosting. You get video tutorials to help you………

    Which site was that Donald?

  26. Tom Brand says:

    What about It’s free a matched betting website. Matched betting is a risk-free, clever way of making money by taking advantage of free bets offered by bookmakers.

    It has become really popular at university and I have made about £99 so far. It might be a small amount, but it all adds up the more offers you do.

  27. Simon Butler says:

    I found myworkfromhomepro to be a great outfit, these guys have really applied themselves to helping new members! $174 to join but when you get a sale (which they close for you) you receive $150. They use the 2up system which means that you will get $150 over and over again from the sales of other. Making money from home just got that much easier with this home business opportunity.

    They supply new members with email scripts, banners, and “The Academy” designed to help you succeed. There is the FREE 10 day trial to take so that you can see what it is all about!

    Overall, not a bad money making business, and it is easy!

    Simon Butler

  28. Angelina says:

    Wow! This is really a great tips on earning extra money online! Thanks for your resources! What about selling photography in ? They give half of the revenue and I found their uploading feature is much more easy/user friendly.

  29. Dan locjman says:

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  30. David says:

    If you have some internet skills how about signing up to some affiliates schemes and you can easily create website without too much effort

  31. Terry says:

    doesn’t anybody know a decent site where you can make money on-line, or any other ideas, why not everybody put something in, any ideas and see if we can make something of it. Say, going to a car-boot and maybe selling anything you get on e bay. Any other suggestions. cheers Terry

  32. nicolas says:

    HI i wanted to thank you so much. i signed up to surveyhead and valued opinions last summer and to date i have made £154 on surveyhead as well as £120 on valued opinons. It has been a great help while i have been unemployed and i encourage everyone to sign up to these two sites. i have tried most of them and these are the two i made the most consistant money from. It does take alot of perseverance and some months can be very slow. but if you keep at it all adds up

  33. AlexC says:

    I tried the survey website thing and after many a survey and a long time I ended up with a £5 voucher… not for me then. LOL

    But my website business is totally free to join, you don’t have to play, but good commissions are paid for anyone you can get to play online.

    1 person playing both the UK and Euro Lotto would pay you £8 per month in commission. 2 people = £16 etc.

    Your only problem is finding cheap or free ways to promote.

    Click my name for website link.


  34. MissEb says:


    I like the sound of Zopa and SliceThePie so I plan on hopping over to your reviews about those two.

    In terms of surveys, I find LightSpeedPanel’s gone downhill somewhat; rewards less per survey and the minimum payout has been increased from £1 to £3.

    I’ve taken part in a Saros Research session before and really liked it. Market research/focus group sessions are way more enjoyable than online surveys – pity it doesn’t happen more frequently.

    Right, I’m off to go read about Zopa and Slice. Thanks for the informative post.

    Take care…

  35. krishna says:

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  36. Michelle says:

    For the best site that pays well for online surveys is yougov. It is run by the government and pays 50 p – £1 for each survey you are invited to, with some not paying a fee and instead giving you free prize draw entry. You receive a cheque once you reach £50 (or 5000 points as known on the site) and they do send you the money. It does take a while to get to the £50 but it all adds up!

    If you sign up to the site please do so throught this link as I get a referral bonus!


    • It’s not run by the government, Michelle, it’s an ordinary company like the other survey companies. I agree, though, it’s a good one to try.

      • Anne says:

        I have been with YouGov for about 8yrs now and have only ever had 1 payment of £50, it can take years to reach this amount. They do however send you plenty of surveys for a prize draw which I have never won.

    • Jacky says:

      yougov is not run by the government! The government don’t run commercial sites…It’s a commercial company who just use the name yougov because most of their surveys are based on politics, so don’t be misled…

      Re the whole market research thing – you’re more likely to qualify for surveys if you use the latest gizmos, because those are what companies want to know about.

      One good site is Pinecone. You don’t get many surveys but they pay £3 into Paypal, no messing about with points that restrict where you spend them, no minimum before paying out, and they don’t seem to have such a narrow quota as some. Most people doing surveys are either retired or unamployed – whizzkids don’t bother, so if you’re over 60 or not working, those quotas are often filled before you even get the email…Mutual Points is quite good – just click on links to websites to build up points – if you keep at it you get £20 per 3000 points, and they have surveys at weekends so you can get extra points – if you qualify. Some surveys get you filling in details for 15 mins before screening you out – if that happens, complain! (Hey I should write a blog about this!)

  37. Ezine says:

    I can see that you are an expert at your field! I am launching a website soon, and your information will be very useful for me.. Thanks for all your help and wishing you all the success in your business.

  38. maureen says:

    Missing names are new vista alive and valued opinions

  39. maureen says:

    These two pay well. I think they belong to the same company

  40. Colin says:

    I personally found Panelbase an utter waste of time. I was ‘invited’ to take part in a total of 12 survey, only to be informed they were either full up (just after I had started them) or even I wasn’t suitable after giving info for around 5 minutes! I cancelled last week as it would take forever to reach £10 and basically not worth it.

  41. Bob says:

    Ebay have just changed their rules so that lots of items have to be offered ‘post free’.Most of my items are VHS tapes,which you can buy at car boots and charity shops for a few pence,and add the fact that I am charged 10p for each listing,when I incorporate the P&P charges on to my selling price I am left will little chance of a sale.In fact, if I re-list my items on expiry, I actually make a loss.I am now looking for a site to sell my goods where the seller is treated more fairly.

  42. emmanuel says:

    dose any one know where i can be paid to view trailers

  43. ejb says:

    I have been with Toluna for months and find them a complete waste of time. I have never got anything out of them and I am fed up getting half way through a survey to be told it is either full up or they don’t need any more responses from people in my ‘group’ – whatever that is. It can take up a lot of time and, for me, has given me absolutely nothing in return. You end up giving a lot of very personal information out which I’m sure is of value to marketeers but in my opinion Toluna is a WASTE OF TIME

    • Taylor says:

      I have found toluna to be very good, I have earned a total of £90 with them, great if you want to get dvds from hmv for answering some questions! 😀

    • Suzyb says:

      I totally agree, I dont know what has happened to this site it used to be one of the best. I have had nothing but problems with them since around August last year. I currently have around 109,000 points which I have been trying to claim my rewards, their website won’t let me claim them and when I contact them to ask why, I either get no reply or they are ‘looking in to it’ and this has been going on months. I feel cheated at the moment as I have put my valuable time and effort into completing their surveys and I feel I am being cheated out of my fair rewards, anybody else had probs’ ?

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  45. Gordon says:

    I got stung with re-occuring charges from a website claiming to help make you money just like Maddy. Be careful with these websites cause they tell you are getting a free cd all you have to do is pay postage but word it in such a way that you are entering a monthly scheme that you have to pay £50-£100 per month.

    If anyone has good proven money making schemes I would be interested in trying. Have tried many but non successful so far.

  46. Paul says:

    I have just been made redundant and am now looking for ways to earn a living. I do not know what to do as times are hard. I would like to do market research can any one tell me which is the best earner.

    Many thanks Paul

  47. Maddy0806 says:

    I saw that and did the gullible thing of signing up and paying the $1+ fee on my credit card – nearly 3 weeks later got a CD entitled e-millionaire, with two American geeks talking about making money I think – to be honest lost interest cos their voices were monotonous and don’t think they were really telling you anything useful, or direct about making money – and then found a charge from them on my next credit card statement for about £31.00 – then they tried it the next month, but my card company rang me about it, so I did not accept it and cancelled my card.
    Be warned !!! If anyone else has had the positive experience as per the ‘testimonials’ on the google page etc, let us know !!!

  48. John says:

    Don’t give your credit card details – I got stung by that. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is a scam.

  49. rob says:

    can anyone tell me if this money making scheme that google is always advertising is ligit or not, sounds too good to be true to be paid sinply for copying and pasting http addresses for them, but i suppose someone has to help them build up their directories?!! a few of the advertisers for it want me to pay $0.99 for shipping of the information/starter kit by credit card, not happy about that?! advice would be appreciated

  50. Donald MacLeod says:

    Hi, This site is brills. I will be looking at some of these sites. I have been selling on ebay, but recently haven’t been successful especially with charges. Will now try and hope I am luckier. Didn’t realise there was so many different sites.

    Check out the above site. I am also trying the internet marketing thingy, getting there slowly. For the above site I got a free website, free domaain name of my choice and paid for hosting. You get video tutorials to help you.



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